Varsity All-harford County

June 10, 2007

Player of the Year

BOYS LACROSSE

Nelson Hannahs

Fallston

The senior was "one of the more technically sound defenders I have coached," Fallston coach Matt Parks said. "Very steady and the three years he has started at long pole and defense I have never once worried about the matchup." Hannahs and defenders John Lawhon and Dave New led a defense that allowed less than five goals per game in front of junior goalie Brad Motley. "Usually, Nelson is matched with the top offensive threat of the opposing team, whether it is a midfielder or an attackman," Parks said. "Nelson plays on the wing of almost every faceoff, and when not on the wing, we usually use him to face off when we're not successful with our short sticks." Bound for McDaniel College, Hannahs' career numbers include 260 ground balls over the past two seasons, two goals and three assists and a faceoff winning percentage of nearly .450. Hannahs was penalized only three times for 2.5 minutes this season.

Coach of the Year

Matt Parks

Fallston

Although the Cougars fell short of winning the Class 3A-2A state title after a 6-3 loss to Glenelg in the final, Parks nevertheless, guided them to an impressive season. Fallston posted an 18-2 record that included victories over Archbishop Curley, the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference champion The win over Curley came on the heels of the Friars' victory over five-time 4A-3A champion Dulaney. The Cougars' defense allowed less than five goals per game. Offensively, Fallston dominated Harford County rivals with a balanced attack of sophomore Pat Mull (16 goals, 51 assists), junior Luke Raab (34,17) and senior Chad Palmer (38, 10), and midfielders Tim Gill (21, 14) and Ben Hoganson (25, three).

GIRLS LACROSSE

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Corey Donohoe

North Harford

The senior put a stellar finishing touch on a fine career by scoring five goals on No. 1 Mount Hebron in the Class 3A-2A state final. Donohoe was the toughest player to contain all season, using her strength, skills and smarts to foil opposing defenses just as she did to the Vikings, who went on to edge her No. 7 Hawks, 7-6. Despite drawing constant double teams, she scored 83 goals and had 44 assists. She had a 10-point game against Bel Air and scored the game-winner in double overtime against Fallston. Donohoe led the Hawks to the Harford County title and to their first appearance in the state final.

Coach of the Year

Krystin Porcella

John Carroll

In her first season as head coach, Porcella guided the No. 3 Patriots to the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference crown. The Patriots had a few high-caliber players and a solid cast up and down the field. Porcella brought it all together for her alma mater. A former All-County attacker at John Carroll and an All-America defender at Loyola College, Porcella made some big adjustments in the second half of the title game that helped the Patriots take a 10-9 overtime win over Severn. She also worked hard to convince her players they had the potential to take the title.

SOFTBALL

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Angela DiBeneditto

John Carroll

The senior pitcher finished her fine four-year career on a strong note, leading the Patriots in an improbable run to the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference championship game. DiBeneditto made major contributions on the mound and at the plate, going 10-7 with a 0.85 ERA and batting .449 with 14 RBIs and 11 runs. The Patriots were 5-5 late in the regular season when she had a breakthrough week with wins over perennial league powers Institute of Notre Dame and eventual champion Seton Keough. The 1-0 shutout against the Gators ended their 13-game winning streak. From there, DiBeneditto shut out two-time defending league champion Archbishop Spalding, 1-0, in the semifinals to send the Patriots to the program's first championship game - a tightly contested, 2-0 setback to Seton Keough. DiBeneditto, who accepted a full softball scholarship to play at Division II's Holy Family University near Philadelphia, finished with a .364 career batting average.

Coach of the Year

Sherry Hudson

John Carroll

Competitive in the tough IAAM A Conference in recent years but unable to get over the hump, the Patriots made a breakthrough late in the regular season this spring that catapulted them to their first league title game. Hudson, in her fifth season, didn't have the same top-to-bottom talent some of the other top teams in the league had. But she was able to get the most of her players, instilling confidence and finding ways to win games with the strong pitching of Angela DiBeneditto and an ability to manufacture runs. Among the season highlights for Hudson and the Patriots was a 1-0 win over two-time defending league champion Archbishop Spalding in the league semifinals.

First Team

Name School Class Position Angela DiBeneditto John Carroll Senior Pitcher

Chelsea Funk C.M. Wright Senior Pitcher Megan Gravell Fallston Junior Pitcher

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